Donald Trump, when talking about his platform and accomplishments, often discusses his relationship with Israel. The President, who does not have a lot of strong international friendships, is close with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has also tasked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with helping to broker peace between Israel and Palestine.
In an attempt to strengthen his relationship with Jewish voters, the President spoke to the Israeli American Council on Saturday. Trump made a number of potentially anti-Semitic comments, telling the crowd that they “are not nice people.”
The President first claimed that Americans do not care for the Israeli people as much as they should. He told the audience, “We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more … because you have people that are Jewish people, that are great people — they don’t love Israel enough. You know that.”
Trump then continued, “You’re not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax!”
Trump, speaking to the Israeli American Council: "You're not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You're not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You're not going to vote for the wealth tax!" pic.twitter.com/IXoaVUw6MU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2019
The President’s comments were nearly immediately denounced by the Jewish Democratic Council of America. The organizations Executive Director Halie Soifer said in a statement, “We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.”
The group had previously said that Trump’s presidency was the “biggest threat to American Jews.”